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Surnia ulula

Surnia ulula
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 4:32
Viewed: 4016
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a medium sized owl. The term "hawk" refers to its falcon-like wing shape and long tail. It is the only living species in the genus Surnia. The species is sometimes called simply the Hawk Owl; however, many species of owls in the Ninox genus are also called hawk owls.

This bird is 35-43 cm long with a 69-82 cm wingspan. It has a rounded head with yellow eyes, dark brown upperparts and barred underparts and tail. The song is a bubbling lulululu.

It is found in the boreal forests of North America and Eurasia, usually on the edges of more open woodland. This bird nests in large tree cavities or uses nests abandoned by other large birds. It has little fear of humans, and will attack if the young are approached too closely.

This is a partially diurnal owl, which hunts voles and birds like thrushes. It waits on a perch and takes advantage of its rapid flight to overtake prey. The Hawk Owl has exceptional hearing and can plunge into snow to capture rodents below the surface.

It is not migratory, but occasionally irrupts south of its breeding range.

The Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene Surnia robusta and the Early Pleistocene S. capeki are known fossil predecessors of the living species

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-02-09 4:44]

Felicitari pentru aceasta captura reusita!

Quite sharp action shot,right on the eye !
Good light, ideal BG
Bravo Mircea

Hi Mircea,

Extremely good action which you caught in this image. composition and the clear blue sky
add to the picture. the timing was well handled.



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-09 5:50]

Hi Mercia
Excellent in flight capture.Good POV and beautiful pose.Very sharp image with excellent detail.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-09 7:00]

Hello Mircea,
Fantastic photo in very good timing. Great sharp focus on the head. Excellent pose, colours, blue BG and composition.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-02-09 7:38]

This is a really great action shot! Point of view is quite refreshing! Gary

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-09 10:12]

Salut Mircea
Superba, m-ai lasat fara cuvinte.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-09 11:22]

Hi Mircea,

A superb freezed moment with nice pose ,good colors and details,tfs


Hello Mircea,
This is a superb in flight capture.
Good details, fine composition.
Well done

Congratulations for this catch, great sharpness and colours. Beautifull owl.


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-02-09 13:35]

wow, what an amazing inflight-shot! :-) the sharpness is directly on the wonderful bright
yellow eye. the pose is awesome as well as the details on the plumage.
excellent job & best wishes, thor.

hi mircea!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-09 14:54]

Hello Mircea,
Fantastic capture!
great work,
sharpness & details are great

best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-02-09 15:50]

Hola Mircea.
Exelente imagen, grandes y finos detalles en la foto. Muy nitida y de agradables colores

Excellente capture en plein action. Point de vu très intéressent et assez de détail dans le plumage.
Merci du partage

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-02-10 6:06]

Very good! Sharp, well focused, composed, exposed and captured in-flight with a great pose.

O captura extraordinara! Felicitari! Detaliile si coloritul foarte exacte si naturale iar contrastul este nemaipomenit! TFS!

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-10 10:57]

man ... da pasarile astea mai de nu iti aterizeaza in cap pe acolo prin Canada. am vazut-o si pe cea cu rata. e f asemanatoare.

un DOF perfect pt o pasare luata atat de aproape

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2009-02-10 15:59]

Bonjour Mircea,
Bravo pour ce cliché à couper le souffle... Tout à fait magnifique. les détails et les couleurs sont parfaits...

the pose captured suits to the framing, nice catch

Hi Mircea,
Very nice in-flight capture of this gorgeous owl, the pose couldn't be any better. I can see why they call it the Hawk Owl, the markings are very similiar. Well done
Paul :)

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